The weather in the Czech Republic at present is “40 days ahead”, with
daytime highs corresponding to those normally seen at the start of the
summer holidays, the Czech News Agency reported on Tuesday.
According to data released by the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute, temperatures over the last 30 days reached an average of 16.2 degrees Celsius. Those values tend to be recorded in the period from June 6 to July 5.
The movement “Decent People“ has filed a criminal complaint against
Brno National Theatre director Martin Glaser, Croat director Oliver Frljich
and a group of actors over the showing of the controversial play “Our
Violence, Your Violence“ at the festival Theatre World in Brno.
The head of the movement, Zdeněk Pernica, says the complaint was made on the grounds of desecration.
The play, in which Jesus rapes a Moslem woman has raised controversy in the Czech Republic.
Members of the group "Decent People" disrupted a showing of the play on Sunday night, jumping up on the stage, throwing paper balls at the actors and forming a human barrier to try to prevent the audience from watching the performance. They were eventually led out by the police.
The 58th Zlín International Film Festival for Children and Youth on Monday
welcomed the biggest star at this year’s festival Andrea Morricone, one
of the greatest contemporary Italian composers and conductors, and the son
of the phenomenal composer Ennio Morricone.
Andrea Morricone composed the music for the film 72 Hours in Bangkok, a film by Czech director and producer Lubomír Haltmar, which had its world premiere at the festival on Monday night.
Morricone is to receive the festival’s main award –the Golden Slipper – for his contribution to world cinematography.
The Zlín film festival is screening around 500 movies, of which 169 are competing for the main award.
President Miloš Zeman will appoint ANO leader Andrej Babiš prime minister
before the outcome of the Social Democratic Party‘s referendum on whether
to enter into a coalition with ANO.
President Zeman announced his intention in an interview for Czech Television on Monday, saying the appointment would take place before June 15.
He said he had decided in favour of such a move in order to step up the pressure on the Social Democrats to enter into a coalition with ANO and speed up the formation of a new government.
Mr. Zeman said he expected Andrej Babiš to produce a new cabinet line-up by the end of June at the latest.
The price of flats in the Czech Republic is overinflated by around 15
percent, Czech National Bank governor Jiří Rusnok told the news site
The governor said the central bank was keeping a close eye on prices on the housing market since mortgages make up around 60 percent of all loans granted to households.
Mr. Rusnok said he would address the issue in greater detail at a press briefing on June 12th.
The Czech Football Association, which is embroiled in a subsidy scandal, is
believed to have allotted over 100 million crowns without clear rules.
Czech Radio’s flagship news station Radiožurnal says it has now obtained documents showing where the money went and one of the biggest benefactors was the village football club Osvětimany which is the home club of President Zeman’s Chancellor Vratislav Mynář.Mr. Mynář rejected any involvement.
Other overly generous contributions were made to clubs in the Liberec region, where the former head of the Football Association Miroslav Pelta comes from.
The South-Moravian region has indicated it will cut the planned subsidy to
the Festival Theatre World Brno because of two controversial plays
performed within this particular cultural event.
Spokeswoman Monika Brindzáková told the ctk news agency on Monday that governor Bohumil Šimek would propose exempting the two controversial theatre plays from the subsidy package.
They are the Croat play Our violence, Your Volence, which caused protests in Brno on Sunday and the play Damnation, both directed by Oliver Frljich.
The head of the National Theatre Brno, Martin Glaser, who slammed the show of intolerance during a performance of the play Our violence, Your violence on Sunday night, said this would not present a problem since the plays would be covered by a subsidy from the Czech Ministry of Culture.
A tough smoking ban in pubs and restaurants, which went into force a year
ago, is supported by 71 percent of Czechs, according to the results of a
poll carried out by the Ipsos polling agency in cooperation with Charles
University. Twelve percent of respondents were vehemently against the ban.
Over 1,000 people were surveyed.
Surveys suggest that around a quarter of Czechs still smoke. The Constitutional Court recently rejected a complaint against the smoking ban on the grounds that it restricted the rights of individuals and entrepreneurs. A recent move to soften the ban in Parliament also failed.